Curation is a vital function of archives, libraries, and museums, and exhibitions present unique opportunities to reach out to regular visitors and new potential audiences. Virtual exhibits enable hosting institutions to reach wider audiences using the Web to access digital content. Toledo's Attic presents an extension of these practices by the Canaday Center and other Toledo's Attic partners, and we also invite schools to submit newsletters, photographs, and essays on local history. As the Toledo's Attic projects evolves, we will invite students, faculty, and local scholars interested in digital humanities and history to participate in future projects.

Virtual exhibitions

Since opening in 1979, the Ward M. Canaday Center has organized annual exhibitions to promote scholarship around local history and cultural heritage. The virtual exhibitions created between 2000 and 2018 are digital versions that ensure continued access to the exhibition catalog and the items on display. The exhibition catalogs have been digitized and are available for download in PDF form.

Canaday Center Exhibition Catalogs (1980-Present)

Greater Toledo: The City in the World (2015-16)

House and Home: The Intersection of Domestic Architecture and Social History, 1870-1970 (2016-17)

Letters of Luminaries: Notable Correspondence in the Collections of the Ward M. Canaday Center (2013-14)

Medicine on the Maumee: A History of Health Care in Northwest Ohio (2012)

Preserving Yesterday for Tomorrow: The Best of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections (2018-19)

Wholly Toledo: The Business and Industry that Shaped the City (2010-11)

Time in a Bottle: A History of Owens-Illinois, Inc.  (2006-07)

Faces of Steel: The People and History of the Acklin Stamping Company (2000)

Exhibits Anonymous

This curation initiative aims to involve public participation and crowd sourcing in the identification of many photographs and artifacts donated to the Ward M. Canaday Center.  We post these images on our Flickr site, but announce them on Facebook


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